Call for Proposals 2013-2014
- The Office of the Provost and Vice-President (Academic) is pleased to announce the new Teaching Fellows Program.
- Applications are invited from full-time Western faculty for a three-year teaching fellowship, commencing January 2014.
In its Strategic Mandate Agreement (2012), Western affirmed its commitment to student success and student focused teaching and learning as part of the best student experience by providing funding to create the Teaching Fellows Program. The goal of the program is to enhance teaching innovation and teaching quality at Western by bringing together a cohort of outstanding Teaching Fellows – faculty members who will provide educational leadership, perform research on teaching, and disseminate the knowledge they acquire to the larger university community and beyond.
The long term vision for the initiative is to have one Teaching Fellow in each of the Faculties, starting in January 2014 with support for up to five Teaching Fellows throughout the university. The newly selected Teaching Fellows will provide educational leadership and initiate and coordinate Faculty-specific programming and research to promote teaching excellence and curriculum innovation. Teaching Fellows will be outstanding educators selected competitively to work collaboratively with the Teaching Support Centre (TSC) and their Faculties.
The first theme of the Teaching Fellows Program will focus on technology-enabled learning. Fellows will develop and complete an innovative technology project designed to enhance teaching and learning in their disciplines. In subsequent years, Teaching Fellows may work to integrate other themes into the curriculum such as experiential education, interdisciplinary learning initiatives, as well as international education and the mentorship of global ready graduates.
Appointment of Teaching Fellows
- Teaching Fellows receive up to a 40% secondment from their Department/Faculty to the TSC for a three-year term, starting in January 2014. Only one Teaching Fellowship will be awarded per Faculty.
- In their application, Teaching Fellows will propose a research project or teaching innovation project on a specific theme related to teaching and learning. The theme for January 2014 will be technology-enabled learning. All innovation research projects must be related to this theme.
- Teaching Fellows are eligible for up to $10,000 funding per year for three years to conduct their scholarly project related to teaching, to be disseminated to the wider university community and beyond (e.g. in scholarly journals on teaching or in journals in their discipline). Funds may be used, for example, for graduate student support, acquisition of technology, or to present projects at national or international teaching conferences.
- Teaching Fellows will receive support for their scholarly project from two E-learning and Curriculum Specialists, as well as by the TSC’s Educational Researcher and staff from the Instructional Technology Resource Centre.
- Outcomes: Teaching Fellows may disseminate the results of their work in a variety of ways, such as through workshops in their home Faculty; presentations to the university community; consultations with faculty members; articles in academic publications; or presentations at conferences on teaching, such as the TSC’s Spring and Fall Perspectives on Teaching conferences, the Western Conference on Science Education, Western’s Technology in Education Symposium, or the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education Conference.
- Deadline for applications: November 15, 2013.
- Applicants will be informed of the committee’s decision by December 1, 2013.
- Up to five fellowships will be awarded beginning January 1, 2014.
- Faculty Specific Teaching Fellows will be selected competitively by a panel comprised of faculty members and a member of the TSC based on their proposal of an innovative project to enhance teaching and learning in their home Faculty.
- Applications need to include the proposal of an innovative project to enhance teaching and learning in the home Faculty of the applicant; and demonstrate a record of leadership in enhancing teaching and learning. •
- In the first three years of the Teaching Fellowship, proposals should address teaching needs in the area of technology-enabled learning.
Requirements of Recipients
- Recipients will participate in a two-day Great Teachers Seminar (retreat) within the first year of their appointment to prepare for their role and build their skills for educational leadership. During their term, recipients will be part of the research on teaching and learning community and will meet on a monthly basis to discuss their project.
- Fellows must be willing to share their advances in teaching with the rest of the University, through promotion or distribution by the Teaching Support Centre; as well as beyond Western – through either publication or presentation at academic conferences (e.g. conferences on teaching in their discipline, or national and international conferences on university teaching, such as the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education; Professional and Organizational Development (POD) Network in Higher Education; Western Conference on Science Education; Western’s Technology in Education Symposium).
- Teaching Fellows must be willing to provide peer consultations on teaching to at least three colleagues over the three-year term, provide leadership and development on teaching dossiers to faculty, and evaluate grant proposals related to teaching and learning initiatives.
- Teaching Fellows will submit an interim report after each year of their appointment, in which they summarize their successes and detail how their project funds were used during that year. Interim reports are due by June 30th each year for Fellowships that started on July 1st; and December 30th for Fellowships that start January 1st.
- Teaching Fellows must submit a final report outlining the results of their project and the impact of their activities on teaching and learning in the Faculty by June 30th at the end of their three-year Fellowship term.
- All continuing members of full-time faculty who are either limited term, tenure-track, or tenured from any Western Faculty (main campus). For the 2013-14 competition, limited duties faculty members are not eligible.
Application should be submitted, in a single PDF file, by November 15, 2013 to Dr. Debra Dawson, Director, Teaching Support Centre by e-mail: email@example.com.
There are seven parts to the proposal submission:
- Executive Summary of the Project (1 page Maximum)
- The Proposal (5 pages maximum)
Proposal should include: a rationale for the project; project objectives; expected impact of the project on teaching in the Faculty; time lines; the number of students/faculty/TAs affected by the project; a detailed budget outline that includes written quotes; a plan for the dissemination of the project outcome(s) within the University; a plan for the sustainability of, or differentiation created for Western by, the innovation; overview of data analysis methods used if the projects includes research on teaching.
- Short Curriculum Vitae (4 pages maximum)
- Teaching Philosophy Statement (2 pages maximum)
- Evidence of Leadership in Teaching and Learning (i.e., regular workshops on teaching and learning; services to an educational development centre; support of a teaching and learning committee; grants for teaching and learning projects; research or publications on teaching and learning) (2 pages maximum)
- Letter of support from the Dean of the Faculty (confirming the percentage of time the candidate will be seconded from their home Faculty).
- Application Cover Sheet with the signature of the applicant’s Chair/Director and Dean.
Project Evaluation Criteria
- Demonstrated commitment to excellence in university teaching
- Demonstrated interest in the development of transformative teaching and learning practices and initiatives
- Willingness to champion the importance of teaching excellence and student engagement in their home Faculty
- Project strengthens or enhances students' learning
- Promotes teaching method(s) that is/are new/innovative
- Includes a plan for relevant evaluation of learning/impact of learning
- Includes impact or proposed impact of the proposed project on the quality of instruction at Western
- Includes a conceptual framework/rationale and objectives for the project
- Develops teaching modules or innovations that have application to other courses/instructors
- Includes a detailed budget outline with written quotes
- Includes a plan for the dissemination of the project/innovation within and beyond Western
- Sustainability of the innovation/impact (will be assisted by E-learning and Curriculum Specialists in the TSC)